Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1406 ..
(5) The information cannot be provided by the Computer Aided Dispatch System.
(6) The information cannot be provided by the Computer Aided Dispatch System.
(Question No 474)
Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice:
In relation to oncology patients going interstate for treatment:
(1) How many ACT patients have been forced to travel interstate for cancer treatment (a) in the last 4 months (could you provide monthly figures), (b) to date this financial year, (c) in 2001-02 and (d) in 2000-01;
(2) To what hospitals were these patients above sent to;
(3) What was the cost to the ACT through the Interstate Patient Travel Assistance Scheme (IPTAS) (a) in the last 4 months (could you provide monthly figures),
(b) to date this financial year, (c) in 2001-02 and (d) in 2000 -01;
(4) Are there any other costs outside of IPTAS in sending ACT patients interstate for treatment, if so, what are they and can figures be provided for (a) the last 4 months (could you provide monthly figures), (b) the current date this financial year,
(c) 2001-02 and (d) 2000-01.
Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is:
ACT patients are not forced to travel interstate for treatment but can be referred by the treating specialist following an assessment of their clinical urgency or the ability to access their care in the most appropriate time frame. This referral is made in consultation with the patient. Paediatric patients are included in this interstate referral category as they are routinely transferred to the established, specialist paediatric services for management.
The following information has been drawn from the records of IPTAS usage and may not reflect the total incidence of those traveling interstate for treatment. No other source of information is available.
(1) The following numbers of ACT patients have traveled interstate in order to receive cancer treatment: